Dear Montreal Chowhounders,
My wife and I are traveling from San Diego to your lovely city June 18th-23rd. This is my second visit, my wife's first. We're both ardent foodies (but my wife sadly shys away from the "scary" stuff like organ meats and whatnot).
We arrive late Sunday evening and are staying at the Marriott Chateau downtown. We'll likely check into our hotel (hungry) around 11:30pm Sunday night (and I've got an all-day long business function starting early the next morning). Because of all that, we were thinking something tasty, quick and easy (within walking distance of our hotel) would be best suited for Sunday night . . . and Boustan seems to cover all the bases. I went to L'Express last year and thought it was really charming (I know it gets dismissed on this board as being dated but San Diego has nothing like this and I'm a sucker for classic frech fare) and it's opened very late - making it another option, but it's pretty far from our hotel and it's a proper sit down meal, thus not very quick.
We've yet to make reservations for Monday night's meal - but if we can get a table La Salle Manger looks incredible. L'Express might be a back up option here given that many places are closed on Monday night.
Tuesday night we're being taken out to dinner by a friend that lives in Montreal to Milos. The flagship Montreal location looks amazing (I had their $20.12 lunch special at their Las Vegas outpostearlier this year and has some incredible grilled octopus).
Wednesday night I managed to snag a table for two at Garde Manger (that was tricky - had to call exactly 30 days before).
Thursday night we have reservations at Les 400 Coups.
The obvious omissions to this dinner itinerary are APDC and Joe Beef. I dined solo at both places last year. I know it sounds like heresy to say it, but APDC did not blow me away. I ordered pickled tongue and the buckwheat pancakes covered with fois gras and maple syrup. The entree was too rich and too sweet for my tastes and the pickled tongue was too much (I definitely think I ordered the wrong stuff and all the talk of APDC's summer seafood menu is enticing). The ambience at APDC was awesome (I dined at the kitchen bar and chatted with folks sitting next to me as we watched all this amazing food getting prepped) and I know my wife would enjoy the scene - but she would perhaps struggle to find something to eat that's not covered in foie gras. Joe Beef was really good (massive portions), but with Garde Manger booked Joe Beef seems a little redundant.
Le Chasse et Peche (apologies for mangling the spelling) looks phenomenal but it's insanely pricey (and I doubt we could book a table at this late date). Le Filet also looks really cool as does Lemeac. Brasserie T's menu does not appeal to my wife so that one's out.
Do you think we should try for APDC on Thursday and drop Les 400 Coups? How would you rate our dinner options?
For breakfast, we'd like to try the local patisseries and bakeries. I'm on a mission to find the best almond croissants. Kouign Amann is a no-brainer and Patisserie Guillame (spelling?) also looks fantastic. We'd like to do walking tours each morning up and down streets like Rue St. Denis and I'm hoping we can eat our breakfasts and lunches during that time.
For lunch, Romado's is a must-try as is some picnic goodies from Marche Jean Talon. I'm torn about Schwartz's. Frankly, we've eaten a lifetime's worth of amazing pastrami and corn beef on rye. I know Montreal's smoked meat is unique in and of itself, but we may pass on Schwartz's if we can find other options. An Indian lunch might be good (but we can get amazing indian food when we visit family in Los Angeles). My wife blanched at the thought of Poutine (sounds good to me - I may bust out the lobster poutine at Garde Manger). Do any of the proper sit down restaurants offer good lunch deals?
Thanks in advance for any feedback and opinions you can provide!